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Yup. At dkos, they'd rather talk about Rush Limbaugh. Totally useless. My last diary here had lots of excellent attention. Great, informed comment threads. ET really stepped up. The same diary got nowhere on dkos, even though it was rescued.

I will try to tie my focus, US foreign policy, to actions in Congress and post over at Congress Matters, which is an excellent, serious site. You might consider doing the same. Obama's relaxation of travel and trade restrictions on Cuba, and Menendez' (D-FL) reaction should give you a way in, because that's a valid backstory of the summit.

With Brazil poised to become another economic superpower, Latin America is about to seachange in its global importance. Nice diary, please follow it up.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Thu Mar 12th, 2009 at 09:24:21 AM EST
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Thanks for the suggestion.  I tried to sign up at Congress matters, but something very strange happened.  While it is not strange that my user name was already taken, it was reported that my email ALSO belonged to a user:


Username is already in use.
Please try a different one.
swehtam@prw.net belongs to a registered user already.
All accounts must have a unique email address.

That is impossible!  Might someone be impersonating me?

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne

by maracatu on Thu Mar 12th, 2009 at 12:00:16 PM EST
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so can you sign up with a different name? or is it really invite only with a veneer of open access?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 12th, 2009 at 12:10:13 PM EST
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OK, OK, OK,

I clarified the whole affair.  I am apparently signed up at Congress Matters.  I assume that by virtue of belonging to Daily Kos, I was automatically signed up to this new site.  

Geeez!  I wish people would tell me these things!  I will transport my diary over there right now.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne

by maracatu on Thu Mar 12th, 2009 at 12:25:57 PM EST
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Your dkos username/password is carried over to Congress matters. No signup necessary. Which explains why both username and email are taken already.

I trust you'll crosspost here. ET is where you're going to get the good feedback and where good, thorough preparation is appreciated.

So. What's on the agenda at this summit? Is Evo Morales or Hugo Chavez going to throw a shoe at Obama? There could be some real stories out of this.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Fri Mar 13th, 2009 at 12:30:41 AM EST
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I place my money on David Jessop:

...subsequent meetings will determine how the region's future relationship with the United States will develop.

One of the "subsequent" meetings is this one.  Previous to the summit, there is a private sector forum.

There is also the Inter-American Dialogue 10-point pragmatic Agenda for Latin America & Caribbean (pdf).  Inter-American Dialogue is led by Ricardo Lagos and Carla A. Hills and includes Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Enrique Iglesias, Billie Miller, Eduardo Stein, and Ernesto Zedillo. The Dialogue's 100 members come from the United States, Canada, and 20 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne

by maracatu on Fri Mar 13th, 2009 at 07:37:52 PM EST
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